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Toon’s Alan Pardew Wins Top Manager Award

Posted on May 11th, 2012 | 25 Comments |

Alan Pardew: Manager of the Season!
Top Manager!
Newcastle United’s Alan Pardew has been named Barclays Premiership manager of the season.

A very well deserved award and something else to put a strut into every Geordie’s step this summer when wearing the shirt with pride on your hollys in Europe’s top hot spots! This is the first time a United manager has ever won this award. But lets face it, in a season where most fans thought we would be mid-table at best, we are sitting in a guaranteed fifth place in the Premier League, and have also qualified for the Europa League.

And the season isn’t over yet of course! If results go our way on Sunday, we could still finish by qualifying for the Champion’s League.

But whatever happens on Sunday, this has been a highly successful season for United. We’ve made quite a few people in football sit up and take note. We’ve had some amazing results, well deserved too, and we’ve won over a lot of neutrals, and seen our team talked about in glowing terms by prominent TV pundits like Jamie Redknapp, who to his credit, has been a big fan of our performances from an early stage in the season.

I suppose the highest accolade for the team this season has been various parts of the media comparing the current team to the great Kevin Keegan “Entertainers”. A significant compliment indeed.

A particular contributing factor to this season’s success has been the contribution of key signings like Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse. And whilst Pards can take his share of the credit for this, we must also pay tribute to Graham Carr and his scouting team – who found these players, and John Carver and the coaching team, who have brought them on and settled them in very quickly.

This award puts United firmly on the map – and everyone involved in this season, from the owner down to the fans can share in Pards’ success. I’m sure Alan wouldn’t want it any other way!

Well done everybody!

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25 Responses

  1. Big congrats to Pardew!

    No contest in the end for me. He has has literally turned 99% of people’s previous opinions to his favour in one phenomenal season that has led us ALREADY back in to Europe!

    Thoroughly deserved. Can’t wait to see where he can take us next season!

    Walking in a Pardew wonderland is something we’re all proud to sing these days and that is no small feat from anyone after years of dedication to our club, let alone just a few short months in charge.

    Loved this season and maybe, just maybe, it might get even better before Sunday night!

    Fingers crossed. :D

  2. My money was on Steve Bruce.

    speaking of which? has anyone seen Agent Bruce and Pardew in the same room lately?

    mission impossible cosmetics me thinks, now where did i put that ridley scott book?

  3. OK OK calm down lets look at the facts here !!!

    Pardwho arrived last season while we were 11th in the league. We finished the season with his win ratio of 4 in 18 in 10th place.

    This season he brought in Ba, Cabaye, Marveaux and Santon and later Cisse and he’s moved his side up 5 places !

    Does that warrant MOTS ??

  4. AndyMac says:
    May 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    “Pardwho arrived last season while we were 11th in the league. We finished the season with his win ratio of 4 in 18 in 10th place.”

    I thought we finished 12th last season, Andy.

  5. I’ll bow to the Master of the Universe and his opinion in this regard

    “It does seem to reflect how the status of the club has been lowered in recent years that our manager should be given this award, for finishing in what will probably be the lower tier of European competition, when some of his predecessors named above were overlooked despite qualifying for the higher Champions League, and even taking the Premier League title to the last two games of the season in Keegan’s case”

  6. Congratulations are definitely in order! I am sure nobody, least of all Alan Pardew, expected this at the start of the season. Let’s hope it all gives the team a boost ahead of the final game.

  7. WT says:

    “I thought we finished 12th last season, Andy”

    Wishful thinking on my part WT, I forgot the dogs breakfasts that was West Brom at home :)

  8. AndyMac says: “I’ll bow to the Master of the Universe (Worky?)and his opinion in this regard

    “It does seem to reflect how the status of the club has been lowered in recent years that our manager should be given this award, for finishing in what will probably be the lower tier of European competition, when some of his predecessors named above were overlooked despite qualifying for the higher Champions League, and even taking the Premier League title to the last two games of the season in Keegan’s case”

    The award was given for exceeding all expectations, that is all, and should be worthy of everyone’s applause – including Toon fans.

  9. UTD111 says:

    “Blimey! Where’s me piccie gone??”

    Someone’s taken the other one out of Pardwho’s attic UTD.

  10. Paul in Hollywood says:

    “The award was given for exceeding all expectations, that is all, and should be worthy of everyone’s applause – including Toon fans”

    Jeez it needed 14 posts to get to the “If you’re a fan then you should be happy” routine ! :)

  11. Andy Mac did Roy Hodgson not get manager of the year when he took fulham to the same competition?

    why would people give an award for excellence when keeping your club in the top 4 for the last ten years is nothing new.

    Arsen wenger and Ferguson have been consistent.

    Mancini has had the cash to achieve anything and everything, yet only walks away with the league title(sundays game dependant)

    Alan Pardew has taken a team with little budget for players, worked with what he was given and reached a European competition for the first time in years.

    surely his achievements should be rewarded.

    surely even the neutral cant argue with the decision. the last time a man did this other than Keagan was when Jesus walked on water.

    but some people are just too hard to please.

    dont supose you have kind Herod in the family do you Andymac?

  12. AndyMac says:
    May 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    “I’ll bow to the Master of the Universe and his opinion in this regard”

    Thankyou Andy, you know it’s true.

    Personally, I give Chris Hughton part of the blame for this after he brought Graham Carr in, and of course, Carr himself. The players we have signed have been far too good since we got promoted.

  13. AndyMac says:

    “Jeez it needed 14 posts to get to the “If you’re a fan then you should be happy” routine !”

    Well, the glass is either half full or half empty, Andy. So we could say… “Jeez it needed just 5 posts for the whinging to start!”

    If I’d known in August last year that we were going to be 5th at the lowest, in Europe, and playing attractive football I’d have been thrilled. Well, we’re all of these things and sure, credit goes to Hughton, Carr, the players, the fans, even the owner and board, but it also goes to the manager. Well done Alan Pardew!

  14. Andymac

    if i guy like steve wraith offers an apology after being proved wrong then people all over the north east will have to do the same.

    unfortunately i took the wait and see approach.

    i remember a good few months back i was blasted for claiming we would finish above chelsea and possibly in the top 4.

    i said Chelsea had the potential so lose out on 18 points and i was laughed at and called deluded.

    now im proved right, i would say i still think 3rd is possible. its not out of reach.

    and im looking forward to the game on sunday.

    anyone of us bloggers going down to Everton?

    i will be there.

    it seams like Pardew has something, what it is we dont know. but lets hope it lasts until next season and lets hope he can improve.

    although next season i do think it will be tougher than this. no tiote no Ba no Cisse. and none of the dynamics that made us so successful in their absence, i.e. Best, Lovekrands, Simpson, Guthrie.

    Guthrie will be a huge miss me thinks

  15. Stephen C says:
    May 11, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    “it seams like Pardew has something, what it is we dont know.”

    Stephen, just because you don’t know something, it doesn’t necessarily follow that others don’t know either. ;-)

  16. Good on him, this is well deserved.

    Why is he always talking about selling our players?

  17. After the clear out of some of our ‘then’ better players last season, I seem to recall the harbingers of doom on here and in various media predicting another season of discontent at NUFC! Despite a couple of good humpings (Fulham away, Wigan away, Liverpool away), we are going to finish higher than anyone expected with a team playing attractive football (more often than not!) and the team actually playing as a harmonised unit!! Has Pardew got his tactics wrong in some games, of course he has and hopefully that’ll help him take stock in future seasons! Despite NUFC playing Man Utd off the park at St James, Fergie might still be wondering what he could have done differently that night once the season is over and hopefully they have lost the title on goal difference and he is assessing where they could have gained an extra point by playing with different tactics!! Pardew deserves his award and will be under no illusions as to the contribution of all at the club in helping him get it!

  18. Mick you forgot Norwich and Spuds ! Maybe you’ve tried blocking them from your memory banks with some form of auto hypnosis ?

    However let’s agree that the group of individuals who joined together before the start of the season were good enough to maintain a BPL place whereas loads of punters have claimed we were among the favourites for the drop.

    With or without Joey and “Chicken Kevin” we were as good as most of the mid table teams and probably better than those who finished 7th and 8th (Everton and Fulham) previously. What we needed was a goal scorer and fortunately we got two.

  19. Wishful thinking AndyMac, the Spuds defeat is indelibly etched! I will remember to add ‘etc’ next time! However, let’s give Pardew some credit and take some pride from the fact that despite many pundits not even mentioning us in the same sentence as the regular top 5 or 6 clubs for most of the season, that’s the achievements of our manager and our club have been recognised with this award, which shows once again that people are starting to take us seriously as a force to be reckoned with, as our team ‘currently’ stands and hopefully we’ll strengthen the team further before next season.

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